SKNYDEE's SparkPeople Blog SKNYDEE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Sooooo.....5th time's the charm, right?! Ok, this isn't just my fifth time trying to eat healthy or "go on a diet" or change my lifestyle. Its much more than that. But I think it is my fifth time restarting on SparkPeople. However, if you don't keep trying, you won't ever succeed...and this time, I plan to succeed. So now I am over thirty, I am overweight, and the fear that has been chasing me my whole life, namely diabetes, will no doubt catch up with me soon if I don't make some drastic changes...soon! I am actually, really exc... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 08:31:52 EST What does it take for me? <img src=""> <BR> Me at work. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am having so much fun getting back into Spark People!! It takes a considerable amount of time to really take advantage of many of the benefits, but it is totally worth it. I don't have so much time now that I am running a dress store, but I am going to make the sacrifice because I need to do this. <BR> <BR> (You will all notice that I am one of those people w... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:58:26 EST Starting again and really excited about it! <img src=""> OK. So I've been in a bit of a slump for the past couple of years. This is the longest I've gone without paying attention to my health, diet and exercise in my adult life. I'm 32 and I actually really like eating healthy and being active. I guess I just got kind of depressed because I was having a hard time getting a job and it was just hard to get it together finally. But what really changed things a... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 13:16:14 EST PHILIPPIANS 4 <BR> 11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, [therewith] to be content. <BR> <BR> 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. <BR> <BR> 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. <BR> Mon, 21 Jun 2010 18:00:55 EST Run! Run! Run! I'm so happy to be back on SP. I have been doing my own thing, so I haven't really fallen off the wagon. But I HAVE been having trouble eating the right foods. Exercise has almost gotten easy for me. I have been running 3-4 times/week consistently for over a month now and I also do strength training. I am trying to add variety into my workout by adding different sports, like tennis and basketball, doing a dance workout and riding the stationary bike. I have decided to do something that I nev... Tue, 15 Jun 2010 21:39:31 EST RE: Ahhhh! Thanks for your encouragement! It helps a lot. It is just nice to vent sometimes. <BR> <BR> My family keeps bringing food into the house like doughnuts, chocolate, sweet drinks and other junk food and I just get irritated. Even though only one other person in my family is overweight, me and my siblings are all at high risk for diabetes and I REALLY worry about them. My grandmother lost her sight and one leg below the knee to diabetes. Shortly after she died, my father developed diabetes as... Thu, 11 Feb 2010 14:59:51 EST Ahhhh!!!! I'm so sick of being surrounded by people eating badly. Especially those close to me. Its so hard sometimes. Tue, 9 Feb 2010 19:00:46 EST FIRST GOAL REACHED!!! So here's the skinny. lol!! (Corny right!) I know I haven't written here in awhile. My computer is broken and I have NO idea when it will be fixed. I hardly ever get a chance to sign into SP anymore. However, that does not mean that I have stopped progressing. I am doing awesome. <BR> <BR> At my last weigh-in, I found out that I had lost 10 lbs from the previous weigh-in. So AWESOME, especially considering that up until the moment I stepped on the scale, I thought I hadn't lost anything. IT... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 21:11:15 EST !!Still Strong!! Haven't been online in a few weeks. My computer crashed. But I am doing great. Exercising daily, doing weight training which feels awesome, and making great food choices. I can't wait until my computer is fixed and I can get on here regularly again. It really helps to have all of the support on here. Well ttyl. Gotta get back to work. I just wanted to check in and let you all know I'm still going strong! Sun, 10 Jan 2010 08:49:27 EST Long time - No see. Well I got better and then got sick again and my weekend was crazy and full of activity, so I haven't signed-in in a while. I'm kinda of ashamed of myself. I had a Christmas party on Friday night, then my church's Christmas feast on Saturday, and my sister graduated from University of Michigan on Sunday and we went out to dinner. I did well at the feast, but VERY badly at the party on Friday and on Sunday. Its taken me a second to get back on track. I am trying not to be too discouraged, but ... Wed, 23 Dec 2009 11:32:40 EST Trepidation - The Med School Application Process I'm so hungry right now, but I am going to exercise first. I heard it was best to exercise on an empty stomach, otherwise you are not burning stored fat. So I should probably get it over with. I have been pretty sick, but I think I can do something today. I am trying to recover and get all my strength back for my 14 to 16 hour on call stretch tomorrow. Nothing much going on right now. I'm pretty scared I won't get my med school applications in on time. I need to get them in by January 1st, b... Tue, 15 Dec 2009 14:21:26 EST Time, Time, Time... So I have not had two seconds together in the past five days to get on the computer. I've barely even checked my email. So have have not had any time on Sparkpeople, and I have not been able to log my meals and exercise into the computer (although I have faithfully written it down so I could enter it later). I am doing okay, but as usual, as soon as I begin to change my diet and behavior and try to lose weight, I fall ill. I have a horrible cold and flu and now I have to eat chicken soup, whi... Sun, 13 Dec 2009 13:12:19 EST Feeling Good! Well I am feeling pretty good right now. I have finally completed my first week. It seemed so long! But I finished and I saw my exercise physiologist today for my first check-in. I lost 2 lbs this week. It could have been better and I plan for it to be better this week. I know that 2 lbs/week is what I should be losing, but last week I only exercised 2 days (30 min each time) and I didn't stay in my calorie/fat range. I discovered that I was tracking my nutrition incorrectly and so I was cons... Tue, 8 Dec 2009 16:13:06 EST Monday Blues I have to write my mood in my food diary for the weight loss management program I am doing. For the past 4 days it has included either sleepy or tired. "Sleepy/happy" "Tired/bored" Sleepy/stressed" "sleepy/sad" I can't get my energy to do anything. This weekend was just as exhausting as the work week between church, multiple music rehearsals, chauffeuring people ect. But somehow I HAVE to fit in exercise. I only exercised 2 times last week, which I could see as a dismal failure but I am just... Mon, 7 Dec 2009 21:21:05 EST Okay, here I go! It's taken me all day, but I am about to exercise. I will blog afterward to let you know if I followed through with completing my workout or not. I am really fighting to plan my meals and pre-prep everything. It is a lot of work but I think it works best for me. My sister's birthday is tomorrow so I'm going out with her and some of our friends. It should be fun. This weekend will be so busy. I have Youth girls club on Friday. Then I have music rehearsals (singing and instrumental) all weekend... Wed, 2 Dec 2009 23:15:51 EST First week is dragging by. Well, the first week is going by fairly slowly. I am doing well. I exercised my first two days for 30 min each day on the treadmill, but yesterday (the third day) I didn't exercise. I am going to do a video at home today. I took today off to work on my med school app.s. Maybe blogging often this week will help me to stay in good spirits. It's just nice to talk about it sometimes and get it off your chest. After this first week I'll be fine. Then the weeks will start flying by. Right now I am ... Wed, 2 Dec 2009 12:33:54 EST Back on track but still a little scare of another failure. I am just now getting back on a program after basically not trying at ALL for over a year. I have tried many different programs but I have never tried a medical program. Last week I finally started again when I joined a Medical Weight Management Program. I think it will really help me because there is a lot of accountability which I think is something that I have been missing in the past. I really like their program but there is not enough networking with other people who are trying to lose ... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 19:24:25 EST Holiday Weekend Well, I went out of town this past weekend to the Labor Day Youth Conference with my Church. Its like a retreat for the youth from my Faith. It was wonderful. I came away so encouraged and filled with faith. <BR> I have been doing great with my eating. It's been about six weeks since I've eaten any meat. No red meat, no fish, no seafood of any kind, no chicken, nothing. Its been so different and very nice. I feel so different and I have learned alot. Traveling while eating this way has been ... Tue, 2 Sep 2008 15:26:45 EST Smiles Well here I am again. Another day, another victory. I haven't really been on sparkpeople much lately. I got really depressed that I hadn't been keeping up and went on a downward spiral. However, a little over a month ago, my aunts told my mom about this fast called a Daniel fast. It is based on the fast that Daniel does in the bible. Basically it cuts out all meat, dairy, sugar and processed food. No animal products! You consume only natural foods like veggies, fruit, beans, brown rice, whole... Thu, 28 Aug 2008 19:43:24 EST Life Goes On Have not lost anymore weight since the first week. I need to get back on the ball, but I had to go and get all sick this week so I couldn't exercise. It is really hard for me to find time to track the food I eat. I really want to do it but I always forget and then get days behind and I just don't know what to do. Anyway, on another side of my life things seem to be looking up. I have an interview for a research position at Univ. of Mich. tomorrow morning which will be really good for my med s... Thu, 1 May 2008 10:05:07 EST Dog Tired I don't want to sound down or like I'm not encouraged. I'm just plan tired. I'm studying right now for my MCAT which is scheduled for May 31 and I just have alot going on right now. I can't believe I've lost 10 lbs in the first week. I usually lose about 3 the first week I start a new program and then 4-8 lbs each subsequent week for about 2 months. I only exercised twice last week so its kind of odd, but I am very excited. I realize that this is not going to be typical, but it feels good fo... Tue, 22 Apr 2008 13:48:44 EST First Day This is my first blog entry. I am very excited to be starting this program and it promises to be a great success. I exercised today for the first time in 2 months. I did a 60 min. ballet video. It is the New York City Ballet video and it is awesome. It is so soothing and relaxing yet strengthening. I really like it. My little sis. introduced me to it. I have to go grocery shopping this afternoon to get all the things I need for my meal plan. Can't wait to get into full gear. <em>213</em> Thu, 17 Apr 2008 13:15:33 EST